The preferred replacement for former Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt could be decided today and revealed next week.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel yesterday suggested an appointment could be made by late next week - almost six months to the day since her new-look council was elected.
Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by the council's chief executive employment committee last week and Dalziel was "very confident" the council would accept its recommendation behind closed doors today.
Whoever it is then would face an interview with the full 14-member council.
Dalziel said that may seem daunting but "if they are going to be the next chief executive at the Christchurch City Council, then they better get used to that".
A formal offer would then be made, something Dalziel said could happen "very, very, very soon". The new person would be named this month, she said.
She had been "really impressed" with the calibre of applicants.
Dalziel said it was likely the remuneration package of the new chief executive would be publicly released when the appointment was made.
One of the key controversies surrounding Marryatt's tumultuous seven-year tenure at the council was the level of pay he received.
When he started at the council, he was on an annual package worth $370,825. By the time he resigned it was $538,529.
- The Press
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